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time as commander in chief. should we expect the same dark tone we heard in the inaugural? one topic we will hear. health care. the president realizes it is not easy. we will show you what he said. and a stunning suggestion from president trump. who does he say is behind the leaks that have rattled the white house. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> nice to see you. i'm christine romans. it is tuesday, february 28th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. good morning. hours, president trump will give his first address to the joint session of congress. the speech writing teamworking with him to finalize the address. expected to be heavy on national security and creating economic opportunity and this promises made and promises kept. we also heard the white house sent an e-mail to media outlets in advance. that e-mail provided to cnn. it lays out many of the ideas we
reported. it notes the president will address safer communities and better schools. apparently a reference to poor and minority communities. he will layout a plan to work with congress on an agenda with better workplaces for parents and better education for kids. >> this comes at a critical time. the budget outline has been made public and he has been given options for winning the fight against isis. cnn's jim acosta has the preview of the address. >> reporter: dave and christine, the president appearing to have a positive tone tonight. renewal of the american spirit and optimism. meanwhile, the white house is signaling that president trump is sharpening the budget axe to make non defense spending cuts. white house officials say the president is expected to propose a big $54 billion increase in
defense spending. to put that in perspective. that is larger than what the government spends at the state department and epa. the president said yesterday here at the white house, federal agencies should brace for leaner times. >> we're going to do more with less and make the government lean and accountable to the people. we can do so much more with the money we spend. with a $20 trillion in debt, can you imagine? the government must learn to tighten its belt. something families all across the country have had to learn to do unfortunately. they had to learn to do it. >> reporter: the white house cautions the budget proposal from the president will not be out until may. thanks, jim. president trump wants to boost military spending and cut funding of government agencies. how will those money moves work? here is the budget outline for 2017. about 66% is mandatory spending. think of the bills the government has to pay. remaining third is discretion.
the bulk of the money to defense which accounts for $549 billion. the president wants additional $30 billion added to the military. he wants to increase the defense spending by $54 billion next year. he will get that by cutting government programs and agencies. no word what will be cut. this is not the final budget. this is a guideline for the departments to understand the president's priorities. this could look different by the time it is passed. despite the under certacertaint group likes it. the dow with another record high. 12 record highs in a row. that ties the record set back in 1987. the dow is up how much? >> 2,400 points since trump elected. you wonder if that is a central theme of the speech. talk about the market success. >> it's so interesting because he says tonight, we're told, he will talk about real solutions
for real people. so far, the real benefits have been to the richest. >> the banks. the big banks. all-time highs. republican efforts to repeal and replace obamacare running into stumbling blocks this morning. two top house conservatives, one the chairman of the house fr freedom committee mark meadows would vote against it. he calls for the draft refundable tax credits. he calls it a new entitlement program. now president trump admits replacing is tougher than it looked from the campaign trail. phil mattingly has the latest. >> reporter: it has been a sevseve
seven-year war on the theredome policy of obamacare. it is difficult to do. something president trump made clear yesterday. >> we have come up with a difference that is very good. i have to tell you it is complex subject. nobody knew health care could be so complicated. >> reporter: that complexity on the policy and politics and procedural side here on capitol hill under scoring the urgency right now for house gop leaders. they want to move fast. with good reason. they see the town halls and they see approval numbers for obamacare rise. they want to move quickly. if they don't, if people start feeling the election pressure and people feel the town hall pressure, who knows what could happen. that is why they want president trump not to just get behind the propo proposals, but get behind the path laid out by house speaker paul ryan. that is what they want in his speech. the big question is will he go that far? is he even with them so far in
the process? dave and christine. >> phil pattimattingly. we have eugene scott and ellis henican with us. we are told it is about american renewal. the president will tick through the promises kept. promises made and promises kept. what are you in a nutshell looking for tonight? >> i'm looking to hear about specifics about repaealing and replacing obamacare. >> don't hold your breath. i hate to disappoint you now. >> i am looking for that. he has said he is close to a plan that he is making progress on that and he has a solution. i don't think it is just me. there are many people that we have seen across the country at town halls that want to hear an answer. the likelihood of us getting that is not high, but it certainly is what people want. >> what we hear is the renewal of the american spirit. how does he renew the american
spirit? >> by renewing america's view of the presidency. this is a rocky success. >> what i hear from donald trump supporters is we think it is a rocky six weeks. they think somebody is getting work done. >> here is the problem. you didn't win with a majority. as time goes on, stuff happens where your supporters tend to fade a little bit. if you are not creating new ones, you know your base is shrinking. it is not a long-term plan for him. >> i hope want to listen to what the president said to reporters about obamacare. he is acknowledging it is difficult. this is a thorny subject. you know, politically the best thing to do is let it blow up. that is not the right thing for the american people. he talked about the changing perceptions about obamacare. >> people hate it. now they see the end is coming and they're saying, maybe we
love it. there's nothing to love. it's a disaster folks. >> a disaster. a failure. he had a lot of big words, el s ellis. do you think he will have a coherent plan that will make everybody happy? >> on obamacare? >> yeah. >> no. i don't think there is one. think about the republican coalition. you have the deficit hawks who don't want it to cost money. eugene, you don't want to throw 20 million americans off insurance. the ideas that won't add up. the state line thing. that won't provide health care. he is right. it's very complex. >> i think what is important is we had two polls come out last week that said the majority of the americans do not think it is a complete disaster. he continues to say -- >> the polls are rising. >> rising in terms of support for it. or not wanting to see it repealed immediately. >> ellis, you tweeted this
morning. who is the joe wilson? >> did you get that reference? >> absolutely. do you sense there will be some moment from the opposition from the democrats that will stand out? >> yes. a dangerous game. there is such a danger. i think we learned with joe wilson of doing too much. we still despite all that's happened have reference for the president of the united states and joint session of congress. it will likely come from the gallery. a lot of democrats are bringing guests with grieve answef espec. >> and will he struggle with that tone? he loves the rally with applause and a adulation. >> it will be new. this will be different. we saw when the president stays on script, he gets applause and praise. whether he will do that this
time and when he is looking in the face of people who criticized him and shaking their heads and rolling their eyes and not making eye contact, it is interesting to see if he stays on message. >> tough room. a friendly audience. fox and friends. president will have an interview that will air today. this moment is getting attention. the president blaming the former president. not only for chaos at the rallies, but he goes further. listen. >> can we talk about president obama? his organization is doing the organizing the protests that the republicans are seeing around the country and against you. >> right. >> do you brief president obama is behind it? if he is that a violation of the presidents' code? >> i think he is behind it, but i think it is politics. people are behind it. some of the leaks, possibly come from that group. some of the leaks which are very
serious leaks. they are bad in terms of national security. >> eugene, this is getting a lot of attention. i was reading in the wall street journal. these are more organic than organized. many people are first time people at the rallies. if you read the clip, it is president obama pulling the strings. >> if you talk to the cnn political reporters in the states, many people are people who voted for donald trump. they were not big fans of president obama, but upset with the direction of the country. to me, this looks like the example of the president saying someone was behind something without providing a clear example of proof. >> wasn't he prodded to say it? >> that's a different -- if barack obama had that much power, he would have had everyone vote for hillary. i cannot tell you about e-mails of the paid protester.
hey, how can i get paid? where's my money? >> i heard people say if it was true, these people were paid, that would have gotten out by now. people would have communicated this is an opportunity to make money. >> it is clearly democracy at work. >> very much so. >> 2017 style. >> leaks are a major problem. he needs to button up. >> some of us kind of like leaks. >> absolutely. journalists love them. >> leak to ellis. come back in a half hour. i want to talk about budget and winning wars. the president has interesting comments. the president mulling options for expanding the fight against isis. what is the thinking in the arab world? we will take you to the middle east for reaction.
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pentagon delivering options with diplomatic and financial and military options. cnn reporting this month that spending ground forces in syria could be on the table. cnn's jomana karadsheh tracks the latest developments from amman, jordan. jomana, how is this going? >> reporter: dave, there is a realization that options are presented to the white house and everyone is waiting to see what the decision is and what the u.s. strategy is when it comes to ramping up the fight against isis. there is the realization that we could perhaps be seeing a greater role played by the u.s. when it comes to this fight against isis in syria and iraq and perhaps beyond that. you would have some in the region who welcome this. like jordan. countries who wanted to see a more aggressive u.s. approach
when it comes to that fight. you will have others who are very suspicious of u.s. motives. especially when it comes to the talk about the possibility of increasing the number of troops in iraq or deploying combat ground forces in northern syria. these are people who have been suspicious of u.s. motives. especially after hearing talk from president trump about what he talked about mistakes of the past and not taking the iraq oil when the u.s. had the chance. this could add to the suspicions. there is concern when you have more u.s. boots on the ground, higher number of troops in northern syria, that is a very complex battle field with so many different groups fighting in that area. so many different regional and international interests in having more u.s. forces could complicate an already very messy battle. really no one option that is favorable for this entire
region. we're going to have to wait and see. this is a very divided and very complex region. dave. >> impossible task. jomana, thank you. breaking news. cnn learned two women will be charged in the murder of kim jong-nam. half brother of north korean dictator kim jong-un. let's go to alexandra field in kuala lumpur with the breaking details. there have been suggestion by the women that they were duped into thinking they were doing a tv prank. authorities don't buy it. >> reporter: they thought they were part of the joke. authorities don't buy it. the allegations against them are jaw dropping. authorities say they deployed a weapon of mass destruction killing kim jong-nam. for that, they will go to court where they face a serious charge of murder. in malaysia, that comes with a mandatory death sentence. a north korean citizen still in
custody. authorities are investigating his role in the plot to take out kim jong-nam. at the same time, evnvoy from north korea arrived in kuala lumpur. he is demanding the return of kim jong-nam's body to north korea. he is calling for the better relations with malaysia and north korea. malaysia is one of the few countries with diplomatic ties to north korea. those ties strained under the weight of the investigation. north korean officials sharply critical of the malaysian process. malaysian officials say north korea is failing to participate in the search for seven other citizens suspected of having involvement in the plot. a vietnamese woman and indonesian woman facing the charges. >> the back story of the two half brothers and power struggle in north korea.
all of it fascinating. alex, thanks. the thing missing if those two were spies, why didn't someone help them disappear? they did not have any sense? >> they did walk away with home run hands up. it is interesting to me. dealing with the poison and no one in the airport was hurt. coming up. serena has next. out for a walk and ready to surprise two unsuspecting tennis players in san francisco. coy wire has more in the bleacher report next. hey, coy. pain used to shut me down during pick-up games. but with odor free blue-emu continuous pain relief spray, i can box out any muscle or joint pain immediately. blue-emu continuous pain relief spray,
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two recreational tennis players got the surprise of a lifetime from the one and only serena williams. >> she looked like she was having fun. coy wire has the bleacher report. >> good morning. two guys playing tennis at night in a park in san francisco. some girl walks up and says can i get the winner. they realize it was serena williams. it was captured on snapchat. >> i'm having a stroll at night. i'm thinking if i can have a hit with these guys just to get their reaction. i think they are in the middle of playing out a point. i'll ask if i can have the winner. >> oh, my goodness. >> holy. >> number one. >> wow! >> oh, my gosh. >> she's serious. >> you can see these guys are completely shocked. serena did not have her tennis shoes with her. she was playing with her boots.
they looking comfy. the top ranked women's tennis player is the moral of the story is you never know when she will come to a tennis court near you. let's get to the nba action. a tale of two curries monday night. steph curry with the worst three point shooting. 0 for 11. that ties the nba record for the most three-pointers taken without making one. warriors get the win over the 76ers. 119-108. his little brother seth was money for the match. a long three-pointer to seal the deal for dallas. they get the win. 96-89. tim tebow trying has hand at baseball officially reporting at mets spring training in florida. he is a long shot to make the roster, but he is determined to put in that work.
>> i think it say bigger challenge than i thought. you are thinking of the sport after 12 years. i understood it. the challenge of it being so hard is why it is so fun and why it is something i'm enjoying. now for your say what moment. the university of louisville student. he was top of the world when he thought he won $38,000 when he made that half-court shot. he went from jubilation to frustration. he found out later that night he would not get the prize money. why? the company that put it on had a stipulation that contestants could not have played high school basketball within the past six years. what? come on. that's what we're all saying. the school did say they will work on something for jackson so he doesn't go away empty handed. >> that's not fair!
>> can he be allowed to play little league? give me a break. i played high school hoops. i can barely make a free throw. >> that was a great shot. that kid deserves something. >> i'm with you. thanks. "early start" continues right now. >> president trump putting the finishing touches on his first address to congress with critical issues facing the country, will he take the same tone he did in the inaugural address. i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. it is 29 minutes past the hour. president trump will give the first address to the joint session of congress. the speech writing team is working to finalize the address which is expected to be heavy on national security creating economic opportunities and quote promises made and promises kept. we learned the white house sent an e-mail to conservative
outlets in advance of the speech. the e-mail provided to cnn. it lays out the ideas we reported, but also notes the president will address safer communities and better schools for the forgotten men and women. apparently a reference to poor and my majority communities. he will work with congress to include better workplaces for parents and better education for kids. >> this speech comes at a critical time for the young administration. the country waiting on the president's health plan. budget outline just made public and he has been given new options for winning the fight against isis. cnn's jim acosta has the preview of the address. >> reporter: dave and christine, the president is appearing to have a better tone in the address. renewal of the american spirit and vision for americans. that is the theme of the speech. the white house is signaling that president trump is sharpening the budget axe to
make cuts in washington. only the pentagon is spared in the budget plans. the president is expected to propose a $54 billion increase in the defense spending. to put that in perspective, that is larger than what the government spends at the state department and epa. the president said the white house federal agencies should brace for leaner times. >> we will make the government lean and accountable to the people. we can do more with the money we spend. with $20 trillion in debt, the government must learn to tighten its belt. something families across the country have had to learn to do. >> reporter: the white house cautions the full budget proposal from the president will not be out until may. dave and christine. >> thank you, jim. the president wants to craft a budget to put america first. here are the things he wants to spend more on.
$54 billion boost for defense spending. he pledged to beef up law enforcement. he did not provide details. he renewed the call for the infrastructure build. the states would have to help out with that. he wants to cut government programs. the president will target foreign aid. the environmental protection agency is preparing for a very deep cut. that agency runs on an $8.2 billion budget. funding to the state department could be cut from 50 billion dollars it operates now. more than 120 retired generals urging the white house not to cut state department funding. they say the operation of the state department is critical to keeping america safe. three-star generals have sent a letter to the president saying that undermines our security. republican efforts to repeal and replace obamacare running into stumbling blocks this morning.
two chairmans of the conservative party saying they would vote against the draft of the obamacare repeal bill that leaked last week. the draft calls to the refundable tax credits which meadows calls a new entitlement program. now the president admitting replacing obamacare is tougher than it looked from the campaign trail. cnn's phil mattingly has the latest from capitol hill. >> reporter: dave and christine. a seven-year war against the policy of obamacare. the repeal and replace. it is no secret with a thhat th to do. >> we have come up with a solution that is really, really, i think very good. i have to tell you it is unbelievably complex subject. nobody knew health care could be so complicated. >> reporter: that complexity on the policy side and politics and procedural side here on capitol hill really under scoring the urgency right now for house gop
leaders. they want to move fast and with good reason. they see the town halls and approval numbers for obamacare start to rise. they want to move quickly. if they don't, if people feel the election pressure, as people feel the town hall pressure, who knows what could happen. that is why they want president trump to get behind in general the proposals, but specifically explicitly get behind the path laid out by house speaker paul ryan. that is what they want to see tonight in his he speech. will he go that far? is he with them so far in the process? dave and christine. >> phil, thank you. bernie sanders not widely known for his sense of humor. busted out laughing when asked about trump's comment nobody knew health care could be so complicated. sanders telling anderson cooper he learned on the committee providing care in the nation of 320 million people is very complicate complicated. >> stunned.
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do it? >> he hasn't yet. this has been focused entirely at the base up until now. you could start by expressing just words of welcome. this is a country that encouraging immigrants and wants to give everyone a chance. honest honestly, it would be nice to have warm words. >> he is in the last 24 hours, wants to show he is tough. america first and he wants to be tough. the president was talking about more money for the american military and the biggest american military build up in american history, he said. he also inadvertently insulted the military. he said we don't win. we don't try to win. listen. >> we have to win. we have to start winning wars again. when i was young in high school and college, everybody used to say we never lost a war. you remember.
some of you right there with me. you remember we never lost a war. america never lost. now we never win a war. we never win. we don't fight to win. we don't fight to win. we either win or don't fight at all. >> inside the halls of the pentagon. i cannot imagine. he was born in 1946. we had just won world war ii. those tank battles are not happening in the '70s and '80s and '90s. he would promise he would make us bigger and stronger. he is rewriting history. >> he certainly is. i'm not sure who we are losing to and if we don't fight to win. i don't know the motivation. i think the argument was presented to provide reasons for why he wants to give more military spending. if he thinks we are losing if we have more military spending, then we will win more. i think one of the chririticismo
that, these look like elementary proposals, but if we do provide more spending, other areas will be hurt like arts and other american programs. these are the programs that the voters you mentioned who are not on his team care a lot about. he could do a better job of showing support for those. >> how about the state department? one of the ways we get this extra money for the military is to slash the budget in the state department. we have just seen dozens of former generals and admirals coming from both parties saying hold on a second. we need this state department. we want to avoid wars. if the state department through its diplomatic efforts get out us, no better way to keep us safe. >> it is supposed to be a handshake. >> that is an area where the president has been criticized on. he hasn't been the most diplomatic if you look at interactions with foreign
leaders. >> and the relationship with russia. now he has turned that on the leaks. that is the problem here. here is what he told "fox & friends" set to air this morning. >> can we talk about president obama? it turns out his organization is doing the organizing to some of the protests that the republicans are seeing around the country and against you. >> right. >> do you believe president obama is behind it? if he is, is that violation of the so-called presidents code? >> i think he is behind it. i think it is politics. that is the way it is. his people are behind it. some of the leaks possibly come from that group. some of the leaks which are very serious leaks. they are bad in terms of national security. >> ellis, aside from the fact that he was prodded there, what is your reaction to the accusatio accusations? >> the best way to get people to leak is to treat them badly. for instance, call your staff
and say but your cell phones on the table right now. is there any better way to guarantee tomorrow or the next day those people aren't whispering? >> is there any credence this is comes from the obama administration? >> it is interesting to hear the question say it seems as if the obama team is organizing that. there is no evidence of that. what we have evidence of is many people attending the town halls really upset are republicans who voted for donald trump. >> and some are first timers in the political activism. you showed me a picture earlier today that everyone is talking about. what is this? >> this is kellyanne conway in the oval office. >> you have to remove the banner. >> the president meeting with the presidents of black colleges. it is exploding on twitter. the third trending topic. it's just an unusual shot for the casual nature of kellyanne conway. >> i would say yes. we have known kellyanne for a
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the region and the governments in the region are waiting to see and they understand there are options that have been presented to the white house. they want to see what the new administration strategy is when it comes to the fight against isis. you will have some in the region who will welcome a greater u.s. role in the fight against isis and increase more aggressive approach as some have wanted to see for some time. on the other hand, you have others very wary and suspicious of u.s. motives. especially when it comes to deploying more forces in iraq or deploying combat troops in northern syria. and there is the concern, of course, of adding additional large force with u.s. boots on the ground as you have another fighting force added into the very complex battle field in northern syria with so many competing regional and international interests there.
there is no easy option here. not one that most in the region will agree to or accept. after all, it is a complex region as we know and divided one right now. dave. >> thank you, jomana. it is 51 minutes past the hour. let's see what is coming up on "new day." alisyn camerota has more. >> good morning. i see a clue for what is coming up on "new day." we will give you a sneak peek of president trump's address in front of congress. we find out exactly what he will say and the different tone that we understand he will take. we will also have one of the top republicans on who this week is busy with coming up with replacement for obamacare. he will tell us what will be in the plan and how many people, if any, will lose coverage. we are also going to have on the son of boxing great muhammad ali. muhammad ali jr. says he was stopped at the airport, he says, as a result of of the travel ban and questioned about his religion. we will get the story behind
what happened there when we see you at the top of the hour. >> thank you, ali. another man detained at jfk will be at the speech. the final frontier used to be reserved for astronauts. one space company is taking two tourists, we presume with deep pock theet pockets, for a trip around the moon. not every story is about president trump. (vo) a lifetime of your dog's
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at least three people killed when the plane went down monday destroying two homes. two people on board survived. as many as five people on the ground unaccounted for. let's get a check on cnn money stream. i feel like a broken record. i have said the same thing for 12 days in a row. dow 12 record highs in a low. that ties the string set in 1987. incredible rally. some are saying it is gone. goldman sachs sent a note warning that the market reached maximum optimism. check this out. the current bull market is 2,913 days old. s&p is up 250% during that time. this is the second longest bull market. first was 4,400 days long from 1987 to 2000. if you match the longest bull, you have more to go. spacex is flying to the moon and taking two tourists. elon musk says two people will
take a trip around the moon next year. the ship will take off from nasa's launch near cape canaveral. the unnamed amateur astronauts are likely paying a lot of money for this trip. they will go through fitness tests and begin training later this year. would you do it? >> what is the price tag? for no price, i would not go. >> it is interesting we have not been out of, you know, space orbit since the apollo mission. it is cool. >> i don't like more than a ten-hour plane ride. that is a comfortable seat. i cannot imagine. thanks for joining us. i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. "new day" starts right now. this is a landmark event message to the world. >> the president will address the american people and let's them know that help is finally on the way. >> repealing and replacing obamacare is fundamental.
>> who knew health care could be so complicated. >> yeah, without a doubt it is very complicated. >> i think 3president obama's people are hind sobehind some o leaks. >> why are the republicans in congress afraid of? >> this is "new day" wi." >> we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. it is tuesday, february 28, 6:00 here in new york city. up front, president trump preparing for his first address before a joint session of congress tonight. the white house says is the president's speech will offer solutions for problems facing the american people. >> president trump now blaming president obama for the damaging leaks plaguing his administration. awmakers on both sides spar over investigating the trump campaign's potential ties to russia 37 we are 40 days into the trump presidency. let's begin our coverage with joe johns live at the white
house. >> reporter: in his first address to congress, it's an a opportunity for this president to rise above the internal swirl and daily drama of the white house and take his message directly to the american public. his allies are hoping he'll be able to do enough to explain his plans on capitol hill. the white house says president trump's speech will lay out an optimistic vision and bold agenda. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle looking for the president to outline specifics on the many cam pin promises that got him elected. >> this budget will be a public safety and national security budget. >> reporter: the president unveiling his budget outline monday which aims to boost defense spending by $54 million. >> we are taking his words and turning them into policies and glar dollars.